The Great Himalayan Circuit-Itinerary Advice

#1 May 17th, 2011, 09:19
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Hi Folks,

I came across India Mike a couple of days back while travelling my Himalayan Adventure and got hooked on the the concept of voluntary experience sharing by many, who've been there done that before me. I was planning the Himalayan Circuit on a Royal Engfeild (Still Looking for a group for this long stretch) this 12th June 2011 onwards, precisely starting 12 June covering Himachal - J&K . The Tentative Trip itinerary is herewith. I wanted advice on :

1. Do ability of plan , or in case I can club routes for 2 days into 1 , or need to break 1 Day into 2 Days
2. Road Conditions (Precautions, dangerous stretches etc.)
3. Petrol Pumps
4. Inner Line Permit Requirements for Indian if any (esp Leh to Srinagar, Drass , Kargil etc.)
5. Political Situation (esp Leh to Srinagar, Drass , Kargil etc.)
6. Stay (esp Leh to Srinagar, Drass , Kargil etc.)
Any other Precautions

Your advice in this regard will be deeply appreciated.

Thanks in advance.
Regards

11 June - TO SOLAN/CHAIL/KUFRI (350 Kms)
12 June - TO SARAHAN via (Shimla , Narkanda etc.) (150 Kms)
13 June - TO KALPA via (REOKONG PEO) (75 Kms) (SORT OF REST)
14 June - TO TABO (150 Kms)
15 June - TO KAZA via (KHIBBER,DHANKAR) (100 Kms)
16 June - TO MANALI (180 Kms)
17 June - TO SARCHU (230 Kms)
18 June - TO LEH (260 Kms)
19 June- LEH REST DAY (BIKE SERVICING)
20 June - TO DISKIT (NUBRA) (140 Kms)
21 June - AROUND DISKIT (100 Kms)
22 June - TO TANGTSE (190 Km)
23 June - TO LEH (200 Kms)
24 June- TO LAMAYARU (125 Kms)
25 June - TO KARGIL (110 Kms)
26 June - TO SONAMARG (120 Kms)
27 June - TO SRINAGAR (85 Kms)
28 June - SRINAGAR REST DAY (BIKE SERVICING)
29 June - TO JAMMU (300 Kms)
30 June - TO BARNALA (Punjab) (300 Kms)
1 July - TO DELHI (300 Kms)
#2 May 17th, 2011, 09:40
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Ankit

I am not a biker so cannot give that perspective. I however do trek and from a trekker point of view I find two things missing in your plan

1. I would incorporate atleast 2 reserve days in my plan - for emergencies such as landslides, bad weather and if all goes well these can be used for rest
2. I would along with KMs covered look at altitude gain. For eg on June 16 you are in Manali which is around 2000 mtrs and then at Sarchu which is over 4000 mtrs. I think this is a big risk. I would never do this in trekking - actually most treks make this kind of 2 km heigh gain imposible but there is a greater risk in biking or going by car. In trekking your body gives you signals as you are trying to gain height, in biking these would be of much lower intensity. My suggestion is you stay at a place between Manali and Sarchu which is around 3000 mtrs and then may be cross over Sarchu but not stay there
#3 May 18th, 2011, 21:12
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Tank up at R/Pio, Kaza, and Tandi Bridge (on way to Leh). You may need to carry a can for the Lahaul/Ladakh crossing.

Sompan's advice on acclimatisation is good. There are a few threads around on AMS, read them.
#4 May 19th, 2011, 00:07
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Originally Posted by ankitmahendra View Post 11 June - TO SOLAN/CHAIL/KUFRI (350 Kms)
12 June - TO SARAHAN via (Shimla , Narkanda etc.) (150 Kms)
13 June - TO KALPA via (REOKONG PEO) (75 Kms) (SORT OF REST)
14 June - TO TABO (150 Kms)
15 June - TO KAZA via (KHIBBER,DHANKAR) (100 Kms)
16 June - TO MANALI (180 Kms)
17 June - TO SARCHU (230 Kms)
18 June - TO LEH (260 Kms)
19 June- LEH REST DAY (BIKE SERVICING)
20 June - TO DISKIT (NUBRA) (140 Kms)
21 June - AROUND DISKIT (100 Kms)
22 June - TO TANGTSE (190 Km)
23 June - TO LEH (200 Kms)
24 June- TO LAMAYARU (125 Kms)
25 June - TO KARGIL (110 Kms)
26 June - TO SONAMARG (120 Kms)
27 June - TO SRINAGAR (85 Kms)
28 June - SRINAGAR REST DAY (BIKE SERVICING)
29 June - TO JAMMU (300 Kms)
30 June - TO BARNALA (Punjab) (300 Kms)
1 July - TO DELHI (300 Kms)
Hi! May be you can consider following...

11 June - TO SOLAN/CHAIL/KUFRI (350 Kms)
12 June - TO SARAHAN via (Shimla , Narkanda etc.) (150 Kms)
13 June - TO KALPA
14 June - TO TABO
15 June - TO KAZA
16 June - TO Solangnala (8134ft).
17 June - Visit Manali and come back to stay at Solangnala. REST DAY to you & for the bike
18 June - TO DARCHA ***** @ just 10500, Darcha gives better acclimatisation to ur body. Avoid jumping to Sarchu (14500ft) from Manali (6500ft)... its a bloody difference of 8000 fts
19 June - TO LEH * Can be done comfortably.
20 June - LEH REST DAY (BIKE SERVICING) Visit Shanti Stupa in the evening.
21 June - TO DISKIT & Hunder (NUBRA) (140 Kms)
22 June - To Leh
23 June - TO TANGTSE/ Pangong Tso (190 Km)
24 June - TO LEH (200 Kms) Visit Hemis, Thiksey, Shey & Stok
25 June - Rest day in Leh
26 June - TO LAMAYARU (125 Kms)
27 June - TO SONAMARG *** Comfortably do-able in a day, avoid staying in Kargil
28 June - Srinagar, rest day
29 June - TO Udhampur
30 June - To Jalandhar * Skip Jammu, take Dhar road to Samba & join NH-1
1 July - TO DELHI (300 Kms)
Mountains are not sports stadia where I satisfy my ambitions for achievement, they are cathedrals where I practice my religion....on each journey I am reborn!
#5 May 19th, 2011, 15:07
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One more thought from a trekker - One would never sleep at a pass - you base your self close to the pass in trekking parlance - 2-6 kms then cross the path early morning and then sleep on the other side so avoid sleeping at the highest altitude on the route - logically other than the definition of " close to" the same logic should work for bikers
#6 May 21st, 2011, 18:30
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@ Sampan & @ Dilliwala, thanks guys great help
@ the ultimate ... I'm touched thanx buddy

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